Tuesday, September 22

Introducing: Ulysse Nardin FreakLab Boutique Edition

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Ulysse Nardin launches the FreakLab at Baselworld 2015 and hails as the benchmark innovation piece for the brand. Exclusive to Ulysse Nardin boutiques, the manufacture releases a limited-edition model numbered to 99 pieces.

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Ulysse Nardin has been at the forefront of horological innovation. It was the first watch to incorporate a silicium escapement in 2001, a diamond escapement in 2005 and the Dual Ulysse escapement the same year. With the FreakLab, Ulysse Nardin makes a first in the Freak collection to showcase a re-centered balance wheel, a date function, and the breakthrough UlyChoc safety system – a new generation of shock absorbers designed, developed and produced entirely in-house.

The Ulysse Nardin FreakLab also incorporates the use of special materials, including blackened titanium and carbon fiber. The middle case and horns are crafted of blackened titanium; the case bezel is constructed of carbon fiber. These race-car materials make the case of the watch not only stronger than usual, but also much lighter.

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While the watch is highly complicated in design, it is actually extremely simple to operate. The rotating bezel is freed via a safety clip at 6 o’clock and is used to set the hours and minutes when rotated clockwise, and the date when rotated counter-clockwise. The other bezel winds the mainspring barrel, which is designed for a power reserve of more than seven days. Modeled entirely in black and decorated with a modern and simplistic wave graphic, as well as a carbon fiber pattern – continued throughout the leather strap, this original version of the FreakLab tells a style story all its own and demonstrates a durability unlike any other. Limited to 99 pieces, FreakLab is exclusively available at Ulysse Nardin boutiques. The watch retails at US$75,000.

 

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